Lancashire Police said five people had been arrested on Monday after a group of men walked into the grounds of a college carrying knives and threatening students in what was described as a "targeted attack". "There's been a lot of cuts in other public services there's been more demand for policing, and therefore there must be something".
Mrs May served as home secretary between 2010 and 2016 and oversaw a period where cuts were made to police forces. "I don't exclude it, I really don't".
Meanwhile, government figures published last month show a record high of 285 people in England and Wales were killed by a knife or sharp instrument in the year leading up to March 2018, the latest period for which annual figures have been published.
She told the BBC: "We just haven't got the capacity, we just haven't got the officers at the moment so we need some money now to pay for overtime to pay for mutual aid between forces".
"He has family connections within policing, but he can only deliver what the prime minister allows him to deliver".
Knife crime is on the rise nationally and there were eight fatal stabbings in South Yorkshire past year, although there has been a recent 12 per cent decrease locally.
The government has already said it will consider the public health approach to knife crime that is seen as the cornerstone of Scotland's success in dealing with the issue.
On Saturday night, 17-year-old Yousef Ghaleb Makki was stabbed to death in Hale Barns, near Altrincham, in Greater Manchester.
A 17-year-old boy - who can not be named for legal reasons - has been charged with the murder of Yousef, Greater Manchester Police said.
At least 35 people have been stabbed to death across the United Kingdom this year.
At Prime Ministers' Questions, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the Prime Minister was trying to keep communities safe "on the cheap".
"Serious violence is on the rise, communities are being torn apart and families are losing their children", Javid told parliament.
The home secretary (pictured) held emergency talks with chief constables today after a spate of fatal stabbings.
Thompson said: "We can only surge in the short term by officers working longer hours, but we also need a sustainable surge".
"If there are sufficient police numbers, can the prime minister please explain why yesterday the defence secretary was offering to send in the military to assist", he asked.
"What matters is how we ensure that police are responding to these criminal acts when they take place, that people are brought to justice".
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said there was "obviously" a link between violent crime and falling police numbers.
"We've agreed that by the end of the week we'll set out the scale of the investment required", she said.